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Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent ($14.50)
Fast, rinse-off eye makeup dissolver. For quick makeup changes, repairs. Cleans up eyes easily without disturbing other makeup. No rubbing. No smudging. No oil. Use day or night. Cleanse one eye area at a time. Moisten 100% cotton ball with Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent; sweep over eye area. Rinse with water.
What makes it worth it: It is an effective eye makeup remover, and the price point is quite low for a high-end cleanser, which is always a selling point (at least for me). In general, I am not a huge fan of individual makeup removers–I prefer an all-over makeup removing solution–but there are times where you’ve gone heavy on the eyes and need something to really break down all that product to give your eyes some time to breathe. I loved how this worked well with my sensitive eyes; I didn’t experience any stinging or burning sensation as I removed my eye makeup, even when a drop or two managed to get into my eye. I personally double my eye makeup remover as a lipstick remover for days I’ve worn bold colors or longwearing formulas. This bottle will definitely last you a good while before you need a replacement, which is good news for the budget-conscious folk.
Why you might pass on it: There’s no real reason to pass on it unless you already have a favorite eye makeup remover. This does the job well, so you might want to consider it the next time you are in the market to try something new.
Find this product at Clinique counters, boutiques, as well as www.clinique.com and www.nordstrom.com.
What do you do to fill up your days? Beauty is fun and all, but what is everyone doing for their days (or nights)? Are you a full-time career woman, devoted mom, studious student (giggle)?
Me? Temptalia is like a full time job where you don’t get paid, but you put in all the effort and energy for it. I’m also a full-time law student! I used to part-time work as a transcriptionist, but I just don’t have enough time to all that. I’m not Wonder Woman, unfortunately.
Just got back from The Stylistics event at Valley Fair! I attended with my boyfriend, and a few artists joked that we were the best dressed couple there. Cute, right? My boyfriend’s such a stud, but he refuses to let me share his moneymaker with you all (I even tried pouting). I ran into a few of my favorite MAC artists (Victor, Paula), but it was really a madhouse with a zillion of MAC artists rushing around. There was a slight dress code enforced (or at least heavily suggested), hence why I chose a dress to head out in.
The event was sponsored by Belvedere, which meant glasses of champagne and martinis were being passed around. They passed around little appetizers as well, but I skipped on those. A DJ was set up in one corner, and they played a lot of jazzy and era-inspired tunes. All in all, it was a fun time, but thank goodness I had already picked up most of my goodies this morning–I don’t know if I’d have had the time to really scope things out otherwise! Anyone else go to one of The Stylistics events held yesterday or today?
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I used Teal pigment on lid, Aquavert eyeshadow on inner lid, Shimmermoss eyeshadow on middle of lid, Freshwater eyeshadow on outer lid, Deep Truth eyeshadow on outer crease, Carbon eyeshadow in outer crease, Aquavert eyeshadow above crease, Motif eyeshadow on brow, Aquavert eyeshadow on lower lash line, Mystery kohl power on lower lash line, and Graphblack technakohl on lower water line. I wore Springsheen blush with Peach Haze beauty powder to highlight and Sculpt sculpting powder to contour. I had Soft Pout lipstick with Vital Spark lipglass on my lips.
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DuWop Lip Venom Mini Trio #2 ($21.00)
A set of three powerful lip-plumping glosses. Already a classic, Lip Venom was the very first pout-pumping gloss on the market. It enhances the natural color and shape of the lips by increasing circulation with a blend of essential oils including cinnamon and ginger. The result: shiny, clearly diabolical lips. The trio includes original Lip Venom (clear), Pink Shimmer Lip Venom (with light-reflecting color for extra sheen and the illusion of full, plump lips), and Lip Venom 2 (contains Maxi Lip, a collagen-boosting ingredient that swells lips for hours), and comes packaged in a cute tin.
What makes it worth it: Your lips will definitely feel plushy and plump after applying one of these mini glosses. DuWop is known for their original Lip Venom formula (which you get here), as they were one of the first in the lip-plumping industry. These come in a great size, because you’re bound to get a few months of usage between the three minis included. I really liked the Pink Shimmer one, because the shimmer helps add additional reflecting power to your pucker to emphasize its fullness. I have to admit that I am not the best test subject as I was blessed with naturally full lips, though!
Why you might pass on it: If you want a lip plumping product that you cannot feel, this is not for you. DuWop Lip Venom products are not for the faint of lips, because you will most definitely feel the stinging/prickling sensation as your lips plump up.
Find this product at www.duwop.com and www.sephora.com.
Overall, The Stylistics proves to be a very lovely, dazzling collection of pearls, baubles, and all-around classy packaging. Indeed, the packaging is incredibly reminiscent of last year’s Couture collection, with a few exceptions; obviously, the embellishments are different from last year’s, but instead of gunmetal, they’ve used a shiny, black metal instead. Last year’s held fingerprints like crazy, and over time, parts of my lipstick tubes have tarnished a bit. As a result, I have to say I like this year’s go-round better, because I always hated how easily you could see smudges on Couture’s packaging. The lipsticks are all luxuriously rich and pigmented, which makes them to-die-for. The lipglasses are lovely, but I’m not as stunned by them as I had hoped to be (I adore this formula – it’s sheer and yet adds so much dimension on top of any lipstick). I was 100% utterly disappointed in the Sheerspark Pressed Powders–they did not give me any pay off except for some chunky glitter. I’m personally wondering if perhaps too much oil had accumulated in the testers from customers, and it just made the product unusable, but we’ll see. I’ll ask at The Stylistics’ party tonight, just to get a clear answer!
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